REVIEW: FIELD DAY 2014
Sydney woke to a dreary start to 2014, with a cloudy sky and the occasional light showers. The weather didn’t put a damper on the party at The Domain however; with revelers attending Field Day glad for the low light and smooth beats to sooth their throbbing heads from the night before.
Arriving just in time for What So Not’s set, we started our day by chilling on the grass and listening to one half of the duo – Emoh Instead – bang out tracks like ‘Jaguar,’ ‘The Quack’ and ‘Touched.’ Just what the doctor ordered for a New Year’s Eve hangover (or to keep the party going, in the case of some Fieldy’s!).
Sticking to the Centre Field stage, Flight Facilities transported us back to the 90s with their decade set, as voted by the public. Kickin’ it off with ‘Freestyler’ by Bomfunk MC’s and following up with pretty much every hit you can remember from that era, the crowd was absolutely loving it, singing and dancing to every song.
Other notable tracks included Coolio & LV’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise,’ Notorious B.I.G’s ‘Big Poppa,’ Skee-Lo’s ‘I Wish,’ ‘Insane In The Membrane’ by Cypress Hill, Ace Of Base’s ‘All That She Wants’ and ‘Black Or White’ by Michael Jackson.
A$AP Rocky got the masses pumping with a huge set, taking to the stage with what seemed like his entire entourage. The Harlem star had an easy-going attitude, at one point he even stopped to check on a member of the crowd who seemed to be choking, only starting again once he was sure the guy was alright.
The rapper started his gig with ‘Long Live A$AP,’ finishing up with his smash party collabs ‘Wild For The Night’ and ‘F**king Problems,’ proving to us that he knows how to put on a great show.
Next up was Wiz Khalifa, playing a very pot-oriented pop-centered set. Wiz dominated the stage with his chilled out vibe and the girls were loving it, many a boob was spotted in the crowd throughout his gig.
His line-up included ‘Roll Up,’ our personal favourite and one of the most sung-along songs of the day ‘Young, Wild and Free’ and closed with his hit ‘Black and Yellow.’
Easily the highlight of the day, Aussie EDM artist Flume commanded the Centre Field stage and the audience during his closing set for the festival, showing that he’s come a long way from his opening gig at the Left Field stage at Field Day 2012. Keeping everyone on their toes he kicked off with a new untitled song before launching into some of his well-known jams like ‘Sleepless,’ ‘Insane’ and ‘On Top.’ Flume also played a few remixes, including Disclosure’s ‘You & Me.’
One of the 22-year-old producer's best moments was the build and drop of ‘Holdin’ On,’ with the crowd going absolutely nuts. As an encore Chet Faker joined Flume on stage for a live rendition of their collab ‘Drop The Game.’
Festival-goers that started making their way to the exit after Flume’s set missed out on a treat when What So Not partner Emoh Instead and non-other than gate crashing electro-god Skrillex joined him on stage for an impromptu three-way gig.
The trio kept the party going by playing tracks like Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Guerrilla Radio’ with Emoh stage diving and Skrillex making a joke about them being the Swedish House Mafia. While organisers eventually shut them down it was definitely a great and memorable way to end the festival.